DESIGN TEAM: Eric Odor, AIA; Brittney Roberts; Paul Buum, AIA

Driving Directions: From Hwy 100, take the Excelsior Blvd exit. Drive east on Cty Rd 3/Excelsior Blvd (0.2 mi). Right onto Wooddale Ave S; left onto W 41st St. Home is on the left.

This is a remodel that shows how a small house can live big on every level. The existing house had plenty of square feet, it was just a disorganized jumble of smaller rooms. Working almost entirely within the existing envelope, the architect was able to open up and reorganize the space to create the homeowners' dream of large living in a smaller home. The main living level of kitchen/living/dining is flanked by a mudroom, laundry, bath and office wing as well as the couple’s suite. All of this was raised eight inches to get eight-foot ceilings for the children’s suite on the lower level. And finally, two wood bay windows, fore and aft, punch through the existing envelope to extend the main living space into the yards.

Thanks to the innovative solutions created by the architect, the former jumble of small rooms has been replaced by an elegantly crafted cabinet of large spaces and adjacent compartments.

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